After bolting a pair of the new TRP DHR Evo brakes on two of our test bikes, we can say that the TRP design team hit their mark. These things are powerful. Like insanely powerful. So much so that it took our test riders some getting used to, especially when the full power was applied at the end of the lever stroke. It feels like the controlled performance braking of a Formula One car. Having tested the most current and comparable high-power brakes from SRAM, Shimano and Hope, we can safely say these are among, if not the most powerful.
The new brakes also provide ergonomics that work well for a wide range of hands. The textured dimples on the inside of the brake hook are a nice touch that just feel right. The overall finish quality is top notch with an understated appeal that will garner the attention of riders who know a smart upgrade. Once we had settled in and experienced the power first-hand, we were able manage it thanks to an excellent lever that makes that power manageable and usable. While it’s not a full endorsement from a season of hard stopping, we did have one test rider loving the brake so much he learned to nose-wheelie switchbacks on the first ride out with the new brakes. We don’t expect that for every rider who tries them, but for our toughest braking jobs, we will be happy to have the new DHR EVO at the ready to be, as TRP says, “Breaking Limits.”
Bikes are now able to transport a rider down a hill faster and for longer, and the DHR is designed to handle those braking loads. Don’t let the name fool you, although you may think the DHR name excludes you from using these brakes, TRP assured us these brakes should be considered their “Elite” line of maximum power brakes rather than a downhill race brake. These purpose-built brakes pass eMTB certification standards, will also be found on Aaron Gwin’s World Cup DH race bike and the Commencal 100% team’s DH and Enduro race bikes as well. Long story short, TRP markets the new DHR Evo as the brake for any rider looking for a stronger, more reliable braking system and so far it looks like they got that right.
Stay tuned for a long term review on the new TRP DHR Evo brakes in the coming months as we continue to push them on two very different bikes for as long as we can.
DHR Evo – $229.99 (per wheel)
eMTB Version – $199.99